Senior Military Officials Come for Tucker Carlson After He Called Pregnant Service Members 'a Mockery'
Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has made a name for himself by employing and amplifying white supremacists, broadcasting outright lies, and encouraging harassment on his primetime opinion show watched by millions of viewers.
In his Tuesday night show, Carlson took aim at the U.S. military, claiming pregnant service members weaken its ability to protect the United States.
Tucker Carlson doesn't think women can serve in the military. Pretty bold words from a frozen food heir who couldn't be bothered to serve himself.
— VoteVets (@votevets) March 11, 2021
"Pregnant women are gonna fight our wars. It's a mockery of the U.S. military, while China's military becomes more masculine, as it's assembled the world's largest Navy, our military needs to become—as Joe Biden says—more feminine, whatever that means since men and women no longer exist."
After sensationalizing gender, he continued:
"The bottom line is it's out of control, and the Pentagon's going along with this. Again, this is a mockery of the U.S. military and its core mission, which is winning wars."
Carlson's screed generated near-unanimous opposition, including from senior Military officials.
The current Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the U.S. Space Force, Scott Stalker, issued his rebuke in a video, dismissing Carlson's rant as "Drama TV."
Drama TV - my response to Mr. Carlson's comments on women in the Armed Forces. @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/acix7CFLO9
— U.S. Space Command, Command Senior Enlisted Leader (@US_SpaceComCSEL) March 11, 2021
Stalker said in part:
"I don't watch a lot of drama TV. I understand some comments were made yesterday and I watched the clip that Mr. Carlson produced as he referred to pregnant women in the military. I'll remind everyone that his opinion, which he has a right to, is based off of actually zero days of service in the armed forces."
He went on to emphasize that policies on service members were made under the advice of medical experts.
Stalker wasn't the only service member to push back against Carlson.
F*ck Tucker Carlson. While he was practicing his two-step, America's female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America's women.
Happy belated International Women's Day to everyone but Tucker, who even I can dance better than. pic.twitter.com/E4wchht9lA
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) March 11, 2021
This is me, yesterday, conducting a re-enlistment for one of the tens of thousands of women who serve in our Army. Just a reminder that @TuckerCarlson couldnt be more wrong. https://t.co/M1MHe5zHrf
— Patrick Donahoe (@PatDonahoeArmy) March 11, 2021
Some of the very best of the Military are women. In fact, the women officers I've known have all been exceptional. https://t.co/DPnwWq2sto— Proud Navy Veteran (@Proud Navy Veteran) 1615481562.0
I’d love to talk about this with Tucker over a rifle run. I mean, at some point he’d drop out and it would just be… https://t.co/B5dWJJlLxz— Amanda Weinstein (@Amanda Weinstein) 1615468990.0
Others spoke out as well.
My text messages, DMs, and Twitter feed are now filled with current and former members of the United States militar… https://t.co/CuJlJ62qkn— Josh Campbell (@Josh Campbell) 1615437150.0
We’ve come to expect Tucker Carlson bashing the Black community, Women and Immigrants. Really didn’t expect to see… https://t.co/uMHg5oR2NU— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants) 1615437666.0
.@TuckerCarlson You realize that not everyone who serves in the military is in active combat every second? There ar… https://t.co/bqyq0t8xHn— Po (@Po) 1615491136.0
Carlson isn't expected to withdraw his assertion.